As Halloween approaches I am putting finishes touches on the kid’s costumes, making plans for the school party and rounding up friends for trick-or-treating.  I am also beginning to think about what I am going to do with ALL THE CANDY!

My kids are pretty healthy eaters so I’m not concerned about letting them have a few small pieces of candy every day until the Halloween bucket is empty. I’m more concerned about how much candy my husband and I are going to eat. Taking the “just don’t eat it” approach isn’t going to work because I have a sweet tooth. So here are a few ideas to keep our sugar intake under control.

1. DO NOT SKIP MEALS TO OFFSET THE CANDY CALORIES

Often times, people skip meals throughout the day to justify the overeating or consumption of “junk food” they are going to have later on. Studies have shown skipping meals will only make you hungrier and increase your next meal portions. So eat all your meals and drink plenty of water to keep you feeling fuller longer. You are less likely to overindulge when you are full.

2. WEIGHT, PAY, AND SAY (GOODBYE)

If you are like most people, after Halloween you are going to end up with an absurd amount of candy.  Here is something I am going to try with my kids for the first time.  Weigh all the candy and pay your kids a set price/pound for some of their candy. Donate all the candy you purchased from them to a retirement community, charity or group that sends candy overseas to our troops. Then take your kids to the dollar store where they can spend their cash.  Some dental offices also buy candy back from kids to prevent cavities.

3. MAKE 3 PILES OF CANDY

You need to tell yourself that it’s okay to eat candy, but do so in moderation. Go through the candy and assort them into 3 piles:

  • Pile 1- Have to have it  (for me that’s Twix and Reese’s)
  • Pile 2- I’ll survive without it (eehh, I could live without suckers and gum)
  • Pile 3- No thank you! (I don’t even think I would give Dots to my worst enemy)

Treat yourself to a few small pieces of candy per day and put the rest in a place where you can’t see them.  Out of sight, out of mind.  Restricting yourself from anything will only make you want it 10x’s more and your chances of overdoing it later will increase.

**Throw away or donate the “no thank you!” pile so you don’t eat it later just because it’s there.

4. TRY MINDFUL EATING

When you do indulge in a piece of candy, enjoy it in a calm and quiet environment. Sit down at the table in an upright position. There should be no distractions, no TV, cell phone, music, etc. Take the time to savor your candy, focus on all the different flavors you taste. Don’t listen to the negative thoughts of how “bad” that candy is for you turn off the noise. When something is labeled as “unhealthy” or “bad’’ people automatically become ashamed of eating it in public or even at all. Tell yourself it’s ok to have candy and to have it in moderation.

Surviving Halloween is only a small feat… What about the Holidays?

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Dina Garcia, RD, LDN
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Dina Garcia, RD, LDN

Dina is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and mindful eating coach based out of Miami, FL or anywhere online.After reversing her own pre-diabetes through healthier lifestyle choices she has a real passion for helping others live a happy, healthier life.
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